When you sit and look back at Drexel's season in review, you will notice the profound impact Damion Lee had on the team's season. The junior averaged 21.4 points per game, which is 5th in the nation, according to sports-reference.com. Wow. And do not forget that he even put up a little more than 6 rebounds per game as well. The guard was fantastic and instrumental in the wins Drexel accumulated.
So the question arises: how much of an impact will Lee's exiting have on the team?
Lee was great this season. He was practically unstoppable at times and it just reinforced the fact that he is a fantastic scorer. On offensive, I do not think it would be foolish to say he is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the country. Let's take a look at his stats. To start, he shot nearly 44% from the field while taking about 14 attempts per game. He had five 30 point games and eight games where took 10 or more free throws. He answered that challenge by nailing down 88% of the freebies. Lee even shot nearly 39% from three, which is fantastic from a guy who shoots a little more than 6 a game. He also had a +8.4 offensive box plus minus score, which shows his significance to the offense of Drexel.
But really, how good is Lee? Below is a table that analyzes the statistics of some of the best guards in the country, D'Angelo Russell and Jerian Grant, in comparison with Lee.
As you can see from these stats, Damion Lee has offensive numbers similar to those of some of the strongest players in the NCAA. Despite his lack of competition against nationally ranked teams, productivity is productivity. People can say "what if", but Lee has not had the opportunity to face as many top-tier teams. You can only judge him on his fantastic play against the squads he has played.
All of this shows how instrumental Lee is to the Dragons. He would be a bona fide offensive superstar anywhere in the nation. If Drexel wants to compete next season they will need to find a guard to replace his productivity. Coach Bruiser Flint will most likely turn to current junior Tavon Allen (26.5 USG%) or freshman Rashann London (30 mpg). Both were extremely important to the team this past season. Allen averaged the second most points per game on the team with 11, while London put up the fourth most with 7. If the Dragons want to take the CAA title, it starts with the 6'7 guard and Roman Catholic graduate. If they cannot help replace the dynamic scoring of Lee, the Dragons will be in for a long and another disappointing season.
The bottom line is, it will be unquestionably hard to replace the stat stuffing offensive ability of Damion Lee.
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Statistics courtesy of www.sports-reference.com and espn.go.com
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